I started nursing school when I was 18 and finished my associate degree in nursing (and), when I was 20. I’ve gone on to complete Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree and I’m currently a graduate student at Western Governors University, pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Education.
While working night shift as a travel nurse, a while back, I had an interesting experience. On this particular morning, one of the staff members, who worked in the environmental services department, went around giving these longstem red carnations to random unit staff. Despite being a temporary staff member and not knowing this person, I was given one of the flowers from this woman. I asked her, “What are they for? She said "Just because. Just to make people’s day brighter”. I was pleasantly surprised and continued to leave to go home.
On my way out, I saw a number of other coworkers who received red flowers. The smiles that I saw were genuine and enthusiastic. As I departed the hospital, I saw some of staff put the flowers in their hair, some places them on their work station, and others held them to their nose, smiling blissfully to themselves.
Seeing that much happiness from one simple act reminded of a bible verse I’d read at 1 Corinthians 13:13 "Now, however, these three remain: faith, hope, love; but the greatest of these is love." So many days we come into our jobs ladened down with our own personal problems. We come to take care of others. Looking back, I know why there were so many smiles with the red flowers.
The red flowers were an example of unconditional care. The flowers made people feel seen and appreciated, even if all they had done was show up to work. Its nice to see people just love other people, to see others performers unsolicited acts of kindness. I can’t help but imagine that if we had more people who gave out kindness like that woman did, maybe the world wouldn’t be as miserable for some people. It’s nice to see there are people who still let kindness rule their hearts.
Occurrences, like that of the red Carnations, are the part of life and health care I want to highlight. I am thankful for the opportunity provided by @seraalperrand @allheartscrubs to be able to help others see the amazing experiences we have in healthcare.
Have a great day everyone! ☺️ 🌹 🌺 - Patrick McMurray, BSN, RN
During nursing school, I fell in love with the heart (pun intended) and all things cardiovascular. While observing a Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) valve replacement during my clinical rotations, I began to develop an interest in ICU nursing. I wanted to know how someone could go from having their chest split open to walking out of the hospital days later, I wanted to see the in-between. So I completed my senior practicum in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and got to see the behind the scenes and I was mesmerized. Shortly after graduating, I was hired in the same CVICU where I had completed my practicum!
Some of the facets of ICU nursing that I’ve always appreciated are the autonomy, advanced assessment skills, and the ability to provide in depth care to a small group of patients. Despite being a nurse for a few years now, I continue to be awed by the things the human body can do, by the things that science and human ingenuity can accomplish. Basically I’m a nerd, and I admit that freely and confidently.
There are few things on this earth as good as a nursing leader who has your back! Or having a nursing leader who you feels really cares for you. “Mama Bei” was the best!!! She called herself my Chinese nurse mama. She loved everyone on the unit and everyone loved her! This little lady would advocate for us floor nurses, when I worked in a Chest Pain and Clinical Evaluation Center! Love her to death!!! She would bring me Chinese coffee to work too! This was my last day before leaving to be a travel nurse for a year. Bei made that job even better, not to mention the awesome coworkers I had!!!
My current fulltime position is as a float pool nurse, which means I float to units that need help with staffing nurses to work for a shift, for various reasons. Since I’m a floater, I don’t have one dedicated unit that I work on, but instead each day I work I am usually on a different unit. I float to multiple levels of care and units, across multiple medical specialties. I like to say that I get to play in everyone’s sandbox a little.
In the course of a few weeks I could have worked on the Burn ICU, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, an Oncology Unit, a Surgical/Trauma Intermediate (Step-down) unit, and a host of medical-surgical units. I love that my job inspires me to keep my knowledge of multiple specialties relevant. Often, people go into a specialty after school and their skills and knowledge in other areas can fade. Needless to say, I am stay on my toes in my current job, and it, along with working as a travel nurse, has taught me to be more adaptable, both clinically and professionally.
Join the campaign with @thedudenurse and @murse_liga.d Being a male nurse teaches you a lot of things. Respect for women, who are natural caregivers and leaders in many cases, respect for life, and humility. Nursing has changed a crap ton in the last 100 years, 50 years, and even 10 years. It is a profession that dynamic and fluid.
As the son of a single parent who was a RN, a saw the incredible responsibility that nurses had. I saw what was behind the curtain before I ever stepped into the world of nursing myself. My mother showed me how global nursing was. Flash forward to now, I am grateful for those silent lessons.
Working in nursing will remind you that a woman can do anything you can do. There are millions of female nurses who get all aspects of the job done in the nursing world, whether it be managerial work , lifting 300lbs + patients, or talking down agitated and combative man twice their size.
Being a male nurse takes grit and determination. So many men of older generations told me they wish they had the courage to pursue nursing, but they didn’t because of the stigma associated with being a male nurse in past decades.
That stigma isn’t fully gone today, but it has lessened significantly. I am always in awe of some of the male nurses that started working as nurses in the 70’s and 80’s. They faced a lot of judgement. When I talk to most them, they say that it wasn’t always easy to navigate the stigma of being a male nurse back then, but they humbled themselves and did what they had to do because they had families to take care of.
So don’t let anyone stereotype nursing. Don’t let others opinion stop you from joining the best profession there is out! The profession that gives you limitless opportunities and allows you to both care for and enjoy time with your family. It’s time to step up fellas! Learn from these ladies and I promise you’ll be better for it.
I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I learned French to spend time, each week, talking to Francophones (French Speakers) about the Bible and its hope for the future. In my volunteer work I’ve gotten the opportunity to meet and befriend Francophones from all over the world, from Quebec Canada and France, to Haiti and West Africa.
When I’m not wearing a stethoscope or speaking French, I enjoy reading, writing, traveling, and good food. I hope to be a nurse educator who changes student’s perception of what the nursing school experience should be. Nursing school doesn’t have to be associated with only negative memories of care plans and intimidation. I also want to highlight the limitless opportunities and freedoms that a career in nursing can offer to a continually diversifying population.
They say that the mark of a good nurse is their compassion and caring for others. However, many times that compassion falls short when it comes to our colleagues. This problem is not a new one and it has many causative factors as it’s mother. Research shows that nurse bullying is less frequent in environments that nurses feel appreciated and enjoy working in. Both individual nurses and institutional leadership has a responsibility to recognize the signs of nurse bullying and address it at its core. I applaud @scrubsmag in highlighting this issue! Join me and my fell @allheartscrubsambassadors in taking a stand to #stopnursebullying Check out the link in my bio to view how you can report a bully.
#onwednesdayswewearblack It’s funny, the little rituals and things nurses do amongst themselves. Actually, my old coworkers (of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds) use to say that #onfridayswewearblack, but same concept. Now I know people wear black on Wednesday’s for different reasons, but we wore black partly because those were one of our uniform colors but also to symbolize the end to a hard weeks work. We wore black because it symbolized the negative things we picked up and confronted during the week and how we overcame them. We west black, not as a banner of negativity, but as an armor of achievement and solidarity. In a world where black is associated with so many negative things, we made black mean something beautiful again. #nursesofinstagram